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Covering dance, club, R&B, and hip-hop favorites from the past three decades, Rising Star wowed a diverse crowd at Viejas Casino's Dreamcatcher Lounge.

The vocalists of this San Diego-based octet opened the show dressed as Prince circa 1984. This turned heads, but could they deliver? Yes!

Their set consisted of multiple costume changes, wild hijinx, impressive gear, and tight choreography. Efren Sicat had Michael Jackson duties, singing "Billie Jean" and "Thriller." However, his hilarious performance of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" caused eyes to widen and jaws to drop with his clever use of the microphone. Francois Dixon as Rick James also got the crowd grooving to "Give It to Me Baby." Alisha Hennis, the band's only female member, delivered the hits of Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Fergie, and Shiela E.

The dance floor was filled with interesting characters. One guy resembling Ron Jeremy got down like '70s-era John Travolta. Another guy had over-the-top moves that crossed between Napoleon Dynamite and the Tasmanian Devil.

Simply put, Rising Star had the mojo to completely entertain their audience.

  • Concert: Rising Star
  • Show date: January 9, 2010
  • Venue: Dreamcatcher Lounge at Viejas
  • Seats: Front and center, then stage right
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Jpono Jan. 15, 2010 @ 1:22 p.m.

Hands down the best entertainment to party and have a good time to. Seen em about 7 times, never gets old. Dont miss the next show.


ihop Jan. 16, 2010 @ 3:40 a.m.

those guys been around for a long time and they still put the most incredible old school show ever.. my old favorite is Prince "purple rain" and my new favorite is MJ Thriller, the dance routine is exactly from MJ Thriller video!!!


ihop Jan. 16, 2010 @ 3:54 a.m.

part II

Unlike most cover bands, they have the most current R-n-B and club dance mixes. im so impressed how they can keep up with the best top 40 songs that currently playing on the airwaves .. i over heard one DJ state that they (Rising Star) plays all his best current mixes


thejackie Jan. 17, 2010 @ 1:52 p.m.

Hi Tracy!!!! Great article!!! Went to see Rising Star at Viejas casino and it was awesome! I love how they played different music from different time periods I definitely recommend seeing this band, they have a very entertaining and interactive show! Plus, Efren rocks the stage!!!!


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